WILD BEAUTY

A good destination to combine with Croatia.

Montenegro

This beautiful little country located to the south of Coatia has been attracting British tourists in recent years and direct flights from London Gatwick to Tivat and Podgorica makes Montenegrin resorts a great option for either a stay put holiday or as a two-centre stay with Croatia including such gems as famous Dubrovnik, Cavtat or some of the Dalmatian islands.

From UK regional airports including Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, Newcastle (and others) there are flights to Dubrovnik in Croatia and then a somewhat spectacular drive of around two hours brings you to the coast of Montenegro (this drive hugs the Adriatic coast road and includes some stunning scenery around the Bay of Kotor yet it is worth mentioning that, very occasionally, it can take up to three hours in the peak months of July and August).

Montenegro means "black mountain" and the country indeed has one - and some green ones too. Film scouts often come to look around since this small country, just the size of Northern Ireland, has lakes, beaches, old towns, Roman ruins, cobbled street, quaint villages and even a Norwegian fjord lookalike at Kotor.  For you, this means that if you want to venture inland away from the beach, excursions offer some dramatic vista changes.

Facts

Montenegro became an independent country in 2006, is not a member of the European Union but does use the Euro as currency. Tourism is important and almost everyone on the coast speaks English. Montenegrin uses the Cyrillic alphabet but most signs are also shown in Latin script. The spoken language sounds similar to Croatian.

The weather is like that in southern Croatia with the hottest months being July and August.  The sea remains warm through September and most of October.  The country makes some good wines (especially reds) and cuisine is Mediterranean style with lots of fish and seafood on the coast. Tap water is safe to drink.

Beaches

Beaches are a mix of small pebbles , shingle and some long sandy beaches too, some of them dramatically streaked rose-pink on a coastline that is 165 kms long.

Out and about

It's easy to drive around Montenegro so hiring a car for a day or two is a good idea.  If you prefer excursions, we offer some superb ones including inland Montenegro with its old roual capital Cetinje, Lake Skadar which is the largest body of water in the Balkans and part of the lake is actually in Albania, monasteries and churches and, for the active, there is excellent white-water rafting, sea-kayaking and hiking.